Update on U.S. Entry Limitations and Restrictions
- Proclamation 9984 (January 31, 2020), which suspended travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals who were physically present in the People’s Republic of China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau) within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- Proclamation 9992 (February 29, 2020), which suspended travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals who were physically present in Iran within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- Proclamation 9993 (March 11, 2020), which suspended travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals who were physically present in any Schengen Area country within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- Proclamation 9996 (March 14, 2020), which suspended travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals who were physically present in the UK or Republic of Ireland (with certain exemptions, such as for certain major-league international athletes, staff and dependents whose presence in the U.S. is considered in the national interest) within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- Proclamation 10041 (May 24, 2020, amended May 25, 2020 in Proclamation 10042), which suspended travel to the U.S. from Brazil by anyone who has been in the country within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- Proclamation 10043 (May 29, 2020), which suspended nonimmigrant entries into the U.S. by any national of the People’s Republic of China seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an F or J visa to study or conduct research in the United States, except for a student seeking to pursue undergraduate study, and who either receives funding from or who currently is employed by, studies at, or conducts research at or on behalf of, or has been employed by, studied at, or conducted research at or on behalf of, an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s “military-civil fusion strategy.”
- Proclamation 10199 (April 30, 2021), which suspended nonimmigrant travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals who were physically present in India within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- Proclamation 10014 (April 22, 2020, as subsequently continued in Section 1 of Proclamation 10052 (June 22, 2020) and Proclamation 10131 (December 31, 2020)), which suspended immigrant visa issuance (with several exceptions, including for spouses and minor children of United States citizens (USCs) and legal permanent residents (LPRs), parents of U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Resident minors, EB-5 applicants with approved petitions, and others)
- Proclamation 10052 (June 22, 2020), which suspended nonimmigrant visa issuance to H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and most J-1 applicants, as well as their dependents.
- Immigrants (not applicable to the restrictions under Proclamation 10199, which only covers nonimmigrant travel)
- Students and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.
- Travelers who are seeking to provide vital support for critical infrastructure sectors or directly linked supply chains.
- Pilots and aircrew traveling to the United States for training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance, including individuals who are traveling to the United States on B-1/B-2, B-1, or M-1 visas, or Visa Waiver Program authorizations. This also include certain M-2 dependents when the principal visa holder’s necessary training is four weeks or longer.
- Certain exchange visitors, including:
- Travel by an au pair to provide care for a minor U.S. citizen, LPR, or nonimmigrant in lawful status when the au pair possesses special skills required for a child with particular needs (e.g., medical, special education, or sign language).
- Travel by an au pair that prevents a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or other nonimmigrant in lawful status from becoming a public health charge or ward of the state or ward of a medical or other public funded institution.
- Travel by an au pair to provide childcare services for a child whose parents are involved with giving medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19, or who are conducting medical research at United States facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19.
- Travel for an exchange program conducted pursuant to an MOU, Statement of Intent, or other valid agreement or arrangement between a foreign government and any federal, state, or local government entity in the United States that is designed to promote U.S. national interests if the agreement or arrangement with the foreign government was in effect prior to June 24, 2020, such as https://eca.state.gov/fulbright.
- Travel by interns and trainees on U.S. government agency-sponsored programs (those with a program number beginning with "G-3" on Form DS-2019): An exchange visitor participating in an exchange visitor program in which he or she will be hosted by a U.S. government agency and the program supports the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States.
- Travel by specialized teachers in accredited educational institutions with a program number beginning with "G-5" on Form DS-2019: An exchange visitor participating in an exchange program in which he or she will teach full-time, including a substantial portion that is in person, in a publicly or privately operated primary or secondary accredited educational institution where the applicant demonstrates ability to make a specialized contribution to the education of students in the United States. A “specialized teacher” applicant must demonstrate native or near-native foreign language proficiency and the ability to teach his/her assigned subject(s) in that language.
- Travel in support of critical foreign policy objectives: This only includes exchange visitors participating in a small number of exchange programs that fulfill critical and time sensitive foreign policy objectives.
- Derivative family members accompanying or following to join a noncitizen who has been granted, would be reasonably expected to receive an NIE, or is otherwise not subject to the Proclamations and who is engaging in certain types of long-term employment, studies, or research lasting four weeks or more.
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